Some of the country’s top comics will be headlining this year’s festival of weird, wise and wonderful shows and entertainment – The Great Yorkshire Fringe – coming to York next month.
Paul Merton (and his impro chums), Reginald D. Hunter, Tim Brooke-Taylor and C4’s Stand Up for the Week host Paul Chowdhry are joining Henning Wehn and Al Murray as the big star comedy attractions.
Martin Witts, The Great Yorkshire Fringe founder, said: “I am delighted at the calibre of the comedy stars we have signed up to entertain the city of York this summer.
“These are all superstars who have performed at our West End venue, Leicester Square Theatre, and are among the biggest names in the business.
“But we still have a few last minute surprises to spring… we’ll be announcing other great names right up to the last minute – so keep checking The Great Yorkshire Fringe on Facebook and Twitter!”
With 100 shows over 10 days the festival will also feature an explosion of international talent from award-winning children’s theatre to cabaret, magic shows, burlesque, variety acts and music, all staged in the heart of the city centre.
Parliament Street will be turned into a massive astro-turfed village green and performance space.
There will be entertainment for young and old alike including two shows a day for tiny tots with Stick Man – Live on Stage!, and fun for all the family from the multi-award-winning Japanese techno sensations SIRO-A, described as Japan’s answer to the Blue Man Group.
There are also dozens of cabaret shows (including drag comedy musical extravaganza Margaret Thatcher, Queen of Soho and The Supreme Fabulettes), comedy, variety acts, magicians (West End Magic, magic workshops and Morgan & West), theatre, musicals and music on offer.
Yorkshire Day, August 1, is being celebrated with The Great Yorkshire Fringe Podcast with former star of The Goodies Tim Brooke-Taylor in conversation with Robert Ross.
The Great Yorkshire Fringe runs from July 24-August 2.